Ailleurs… Somewhere else… Louis Vuitton presents a poetic evocation of summer – the season when, footloose and fancy-free, we dream of distant destinations and exotic sensations. And all it takes to spirit us away is a splash of vibrant colour on the perfect accessory.
Looking for inspiration? Find it in the form of three light-hearted prints on summer’s must-have canvas totes. Though each image (painted by British artist Pippa Cunningham) has the ingenuous charm of a watercolour, its apparent spontaneity is actually the result of an elaborate silkscreen- printing process perfected by Louis Vuitton.
Promenade conjures up the glamour of the Riviera, of leisurely strolls and intriguing encounters in the shade of tall palm trees. Escale captures the eternal allure of white sand, blue sea and lazy hours spent reading under a brightly coloured beach umbrella. Aventure illustrates the distinctly more exotic appeal of a tropical forest, where monkeys swing playfully amid luxuriant foliage.
Balancing the naïve feel of the prints is the sophisticated detailing of the totes, with adjustable handles in grained calf leather, gold metal hardware and the iconic Louis Vuitton Inventeur plaque. Each comes in two sizes – the smaller ideal for the city, the larger perfect for the beach, possibly accompanied by the Promenade beach towel in luxuriously soft, thick cotton.The Promenade and Escale themes are also interpreted on airy silk squares, ready to waft in the summer breeze, and on witty bag charms, where a stripy beach hut for Escale and a palm tree for Promenade dangle from gold metal chains in the company of stylized Monogram flowers.
Completing the Ailleurs collection, summer sandals contrast the relaxed feel of chunky cork wedges with the elegance of slender straps in a palette of green or blue, while the Aventure print stars on the essentials of a summer wardrobe: a sexy two-piece swimsuit, a sequin-embroidered T- shirt and a strapless dress in cotton and silk – perfect for sashaying.
Coming in three prints: Aventure (Jungle), Promenade (City), and Escale (Beach), and two sizes: PM (15.7″ x 11″ x 6.5″) and GM (20.4″ x 13.4″ x 8.6″), the Ailleurs Cabas is an elegant companion for a glamorous day at the beach. These colorful totes captures the dazzling spirit and evokes all the glamour of effortless summer style.
The Ailleurs Cabas are crafted from silkscreened cotton canvas with a golden brass Louis Vuitton Inventeur plate, luxurious calfskin leather trimmings and handles and rich golden brass hardware. The bags are super spacious and features a large interior pocket with soft textile interior lining printed with the iconic Monogram pattern. More photos at ILVOELV’s Facebook Page.
Prices: US$1430 for the PM, and US$1800 for the GM.
Ailleurs Key Holder
Complimenting the Ailleurs collection, these adorable metal/resin key holders are the perfect accessories to your Ailleurs totes. They come in three variations which features various vivid & colorful motifs (in addition to a Monogram Flower and Louis Vuitton medal) like a cute parrot for the Jungle, a palm tree for the City, and a beach hut for the Beach. More photos at ILVOELV’s Facebook Page.
Price: US$330 for the Jungle, City, and Beach respectively.
The Ailleurs textiles are lightweight and are ideal companions to any summer getaway. The textiles consists of three pieces, an airy Carré and a crinkled Pareo (both available in Villes/Promenade and Plages/Escale prints, and a Beach Towel in the Villes/Promenade print. All are made from 100% cotton. More photos at ILVOELV’s Facebook Page.
Prices: US$445 for the Carré, US$490 for the Pareo, and US$900 for the Beach Towel.
Images via Louis Vuitton